The Exclusive Network


If you are one of those people who doesn’t believe that Facebook has changed your life then you are either over 50 or a caveman without WiFi.  The Social Network is a movie that is very relevant to most viewers who will watch it.  Social relevancy is a quality that most movies lack today.  The creators of this film brilliantly produced a moving tale that everyone between the ages of 15 and 25 can be a part of.

The one and only Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, creates a website comparing females from his college campus to the college campus’ surrounding his.  This is originally an act of spite. One of the first aspects the viewer can relate to is that the formation of Facebook was merely a product of emotional distress between a boy and girl.  In this case, the male is a genius computer science major from Harvard.  His website achieves unremarkable levels of success, encouraging him to take this website to the next level.

Before the “next level” was taken, we are introduced to Eduardo Garfield.  He is a business major at Harvard as well as Zuckerberg’s “best friend.”  Garfield is used as a reference point throughout this film.  If Zuckerberg is on the same business level as Garfield, apperently his intentions are good.  If he is at odds with Garfield, he is falling into the whirlpool of Facebook.  This makes you question every move and decision Zuckerberg has been making since day one.  Is it all because of jealousy, greed, or “the right thing to do?”  The classic struggle of mixing business with friends is very evident in the friendship of Mark and Eduardo.

Soon enough, the next level is achieved.  Zuckerberg, with the help of others, realizes what Facebook really needs to fly. The answer seems to be exclusiveness. He needs to separate Facebook from all of the other social networking sites.  Zuckerberg makes Facebook seem like a privilege, but was this really his idea?

Without much detailed character analysis in this film, the movie can still be a classic.  Seven years ago, a young kid made a website that has greatly changed our lives. Whether he realized it or not at the time, Mark Zuckerberg helped us be exactly who we wanted to be, whether this portrayal we create for ourselves on Facebook page is true or not.  The question is did he make things better or worse in the long run?